Four high school students shot dead in Atlanta

(Reuters) – Four Atlanta high school students were shot dead Wednesday when a gunman opened fire from a vehicle in the parking lot of Benjamin E. Mays High School shortly after classes ended, Atlanta Public Schools said in a communicated.

All victims were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the statement said, adding that all extracurricular activities were canceled.

Atlanta police referred all questions to the school district.

A woman was arrested in connection with the incident, WSB television reported, citing police.

The Atlanta violence came the same day gunfire erupted at a rally in Kansas City to celebrate the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, killing one person and injuring up to 15 others, it said. the police.

Both shootings occurred on the sixth anniversary of one of the most notorious school shootings in recent U.S. history, where 17 people were killed and 17 others injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. , a former student aged 19 at the time, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

There have been 48 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2024, according to the Gun Violence Archive, using the standard of four or more shots or more, not including the shooter.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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